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Donald Edmond "Donnie" Wahlberg Jr. (born August 17, 1969) is an American singer, actor, and film producer, whose work includes music, feature films, and television. He is known for his roles in The Sixth Sense, Boomtown, Righteous Kill, and the Saw franchise.

He played Detective Eric Matthews in Saw II, Saw III, Saw IV, and the Full Disclosure Report.

Early Life

Donnie Wahlberg was born in the Dorchester neighborhood of Boston. He is the eighth of nine children, with older siblings, Arthur, Jim, Paul, Robert, Tracey, Michelle, and Debbie, who died in 2003, and younger brother, Mark, who began his entertainment career in the former rap group Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch. He also has three half-siblings from his father's first marriage: Donna, Scott, and Buddy. His mother, Alma Elaine, was a bank clerk and nurse's aide, while his father, Donald Edmond Wahlberg, Sr., was a teamster who worked as a delivery driver. They divorced in 1982. Wahlberg's father was of Swedish and Irish descent, and his mother is of Irish, English, and French-Canadian ancestry. Maternally, he is distantly related to author Nathaniel Hawthorne.


Wahlberg was an original member of the boy band New Kids on the Block. His first film acting role was in the 1996 film Bullet with Mickey Rourke and Tupac Shakur. The same year, he appeared as a kidnapper in Ransom with Mel Gibson. He went back to his hometown for a starring role in the South Boston-based film Southie. Wahlberg received attention for his role in the 1999 film The Sixth Sense, playing the patient of Bruce Willis' character in the opening sequence.

In 2001, Wahlberg co-starred as Second Lieutenant C. Carwood Lipton in the television miniseries Band of Brothers. He also starred in the NBC drama series Boomtown as Joel Stevens, a Los Angeles police detective. Graham Yost, the executive producer and writer of Boomtown, had worked with him in Band of Brothers and was so impressed by his performance that he wrote the role of Joel Stevens specifically for him.

In 2003, Wahlberg starred alongside Timothy Olyphant, Jason Lee, and his Band of Brothers co-star Damian Lewis as the mentally challenged Duddits in William Goldman and Lawrence Kasdan's adaptation of the Stephen King alien-invasion thriller Dreamcatcher. In 2005, he starred as Detective Eric Matthews in the second installment of the Saw franchise. He reprised the role in Saw III in 2006 and Saw IV in 2007 while also appearing in Saw V in 2008 via archive footage from the previous films.

In 2006, Wahlberg played Lieutenant Commander Burton in the military/boxing drama Annapolis. In September of that year, he played the lead role in the short-lived television drama Runaway on The CW. The show was canceled in October 2006 due to poor ratings. The following year, he starred in the television film Kings of South Beach on A&E and the TV series The Kill Point.

In 2008, Wahlberg appeared in Righteous Kill. He also co-starred in What Doesn't Kill You and appeared in the 2011 comedy Zookeeper. On CBC's Blue Bloods, a police drama set in New York City, Wahlberg plays 1st Grade Detective Danny Reagan. As of 2011, Wahlberg is the host of an internet radio show on Friday nights at 8 pm PST called DDUB's R&B Back Rub on Cherry Tree Radio.

Personal Life

On August 20, 1999, Wahlberg married Kimberley Fey. They filed for divorce on August 13, 2008, citing "irreconcilable differences." They have two sons, Xavier Alexander Wahlberg, born on March 4, 1993, and Elijah Hendrix Wahlberg, born on August 20, 2001. In July 2013, it was reported by UsWeekly that he was dating actress and comedian Jenny McCarthy after meeting on Watch What Happens Live in March. They announced their engagement on The View on April 16, 2014, and married on August 31, 2014, at the Hotel Baker in St. Charles, Illinois.

Wahlberg is a passionate fan of the Boston Celtics and has been seen attending many of their games. In addition, he narrated a documentary called The Association: Boston Celtics about the team's 2010–11 season, which aired on ESPN between 2010 and 2011. He also owns a restaurant in Boston named Wahlburgers, along with his brothers Paul and Mark.


New Kids on the Block

Year Title
1988 Please Don't Go Girl
You Got It, The Right Stuff
Please Don't Go Girl Version 2
1989 I'll Be Loving You (Forever)
Hangin' Tough
Cover Girl
This One's for the Children
1990 Step by Step
1991 Call It What You Want
If You Go Away
1993 Dirty Dawg
1994 Never Let You Go
2008 Summertime
Dirty Dancing
2009 2 in the Morning
2013 Remix - I Like The
The Whisper
2017 One More Night
2019 Boys in the Band (Boy Band Anthem)
80s Baby



Year Title Role
1996 Bullet Big Balls
Ransom Cubby Barnes
1997 Black Circle Boys Greggo
1998 Body Count Booker
Southie Danny Quinn
Butter Rick Damon
1999 The Sixth Sense Vincent Grey
2000 Diamond Men Bobby Walker
Bullfighter Chollo
2002 Triggermen Terry Malloy
2003 Dreamcatcher Duddits
2005 Marilyn Hotchkiss' Ballroom Dancing & Charm School Randall Ipswitch
Magnificent Desolation: Walking on the Moon 3D Helium 3 Commander
Saw II Detective Eric Matthews
2006 Annapolis Lt. Burton
Saw III Detective Eric Matthews
2007 Dead Silence Det. Lipton
Saw IV Detective Eric Matthews
2008 What Doesn't Kill You Detective Moran
Righteous Kill Detective Ted Riley
2011 Zookeeper Shane

Television Series

Year Title Role
2000 The Practice Patrick Rooney
2001 Big Apple Chris Scott
Band of Brothers C. Carwood Lipton
UC: Undercover Bobby
2002-2003 Boomtown Detective Joel Stevens
2006 The Path to 9/11 'Kirk', CIA Operative
Runaway Paul Rader
2007 The Kill Point Captain Horst Cali
2010 In Plain Sight Jimmy McCabe / Jimmy Porter
Rizzoli & Isles Lt. Joey Grant
2013 Massholes Donnie Wahlberg
2016 Fuller House Donnie Wahlberg
2017 Return of the Mac Donnie
2018 The Late Show with Stephen Colbert NYPD Det. Danny Reagan
2010-2021 Blue Bloods Det. Danny Reagan

Television Films

Year Title Role
1998 The Taking of Pelham One Two Three Mr. Grey
1999 Purgatory Deputy Glen / Billy The Kid
2005 N.Y.-70 Det. Mike Ryan
2007 Kings of South Beach Andy Burnett
2009 Bunker Hill Detective Mike Moriarty

Video Games

Year Title Role
2008 Turok Shepard


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